choreomania

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choreomania

(1) Chorea.
(2) A term of largely historical interest for a condition first recognised during the Middle Ages and characterised by choreiform spasms that occurred in large closed communities, and is now thought to have been a mass hysterical conversion reaction.
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Relicts of a dancing mania: the dancing procession of Echternach.
Worship of different gods in antiquity is linked to the presence of dance in such degree that the initiates were seized with dancing mania. At least in one situation of the Mycean era, there prevailed in Greece a wave of dancing mania commensurate with the one that expanded in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages (Dodds 87).
Latah, koro, and the dancing mania: three examples--the first two, transcultural, the third, transhistorical--of what Robert Bartholomew calls Exotic Deviance.
His end-oay gig at the Mac filled the near-capacity crowd with dancing mania. In the ranks that day was violinist Omar Puente, an English-based Cuban who guested on Manolito's tour.
The so-called "dancing mania" represented one form of uterine madness, and was prevalent in Germany and the Netherlands from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.